I joined the Ramblers over 30 years ago when a group was formed in my home city of Aberdeen - and I have been supporting them ever since.
For many years I have also had roles in the Grampian area and Ramblers Scotland committees. As a walks leader, I know the local area and have been heading up a team organising the Scottish Ramblers Gathering for more than 25 years. I have served on the Scottish Council Executive Committee as a committee member, vice convener and convener. From 2000-10 I served as a Ramblers GB trustee and am currently serving a further three years. I was treasurer of the European Ramblers Association and part of their Presidium from 2009-2017. My working life was spent with BT and the NHS in Scotland in personnel, training and finance management roles. I also enjoy volunteering with the Royal Voluntary Service and National Trust for Scotland.
I have been in the Ramblers for four years, although have always enjoyed walking and the great outdoors. I am an active member of Edinburgh Young Walkers, leading all grades of walks in summer and winter. I have been treasurer of EYW and am currently Chair person. I joined SCEC in 2015 and am now Vice Convener. In my professional life, I am a scientist at SEPA working on aspects of air quality and flooding.
I have a background in housing, environmental issues and conservation and I am interested in land reform, access, devolution and good policy development. I live in Edinburgh with my family and have three children.
I have been involved with Ramblers about 31 years. I do little Group walking, but have been involved for a lot of years now on Area Committee, SCEC, and the UK Agenda Committee. I am on these committees to try and see that the views of the grassroots members remain important to the organisation. I enjoy getting out into the countryside for the peace and tranquility it brings, and as a retired nurse, I feel that this is one of the main benefits of walking. When our family was young we had many camping holidays and days out walking and playing in the countryside and at local parks. Since the family have all grown my husband and I now enjoy the outdoors in our campervan.
I have been a member of Ramblers for a long time because it is an organisation worthy of unquestionable backing. I love walking whether it is a meander along a river, a stroll up a hill or the challenge of a long distance multi-day trail. I support all the aims of Ramblers and as a member of the SCEC would hope to be able to help deliver some of these aims. My background is in teaching. I live mainly in Glasgow but spend a large amount of time on Deeside. My activities with Ramblers include being group secretary, a walk leader, the development of Ramblers Routes and path development and maintenance.
I've been a Lochaber & Lorn group committee member since November 2014, membership secretary 2014-2016 and on Highland and Islands committee since February 2016. I want to encourage more people out walking for its health and social benefits. I would like to see more being done to bring together Ramblers and health walking groups to encourage people to get fitter and support people to continue walking as they grow older and less able. I'm keen to see Medal Routes developed as a gateway to growing Ramblers membership and I want to support groups widen their offering to be more inclusive of all sections of their communities.
I have been a member of the Edinburgh Ramblers Group since 2012 and am a former Secretary and a walk leader. For many years before I joined Ramblers I have enjoyed the Scottish hills both on foot and on skis. I have a strong feeling for the importance of both preserving and enjoying our iconic landscape. I also lead walks for HF Holidays both in the UK and Europe. I am a retired lawyer having latterly worked in senior roles in the Scottish Government. I have found it very rewarding to be able to contribute my legal skills and experience to an organisation as worthwhile as Ramblers Scotland.
I joined Ramblers in 2015 when Aberdeen Young Walkers was founded, and I was persuaded to become a walk leader. I first became involved in hill walking as a teenager, largely as a result of support from family and teachers, and I think it's vital to pass on that support and encouragement to others.
I’ve always been a walker, but it’s only since retiring to Argyll a few years ago and joining Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers that I’ve been able to gain my rambling spurs in some of the most glorious scenery in the country. I’ve served as treasurer of our local group and am now chair. I worked internationally for BP mainly in retail strategy and operations and have a Masters degree in organisational change, and I hope to bring something of my experience to the Ramblers.
I want to see the Ramblers known to offer the health and social benefits of walking to every community in the UK. I feel fortunate to live in Scotland where access to walking is generally good, but there remains work to be done there, as there does on rights of access in the rest of the country.